Building a faux fireplace mantle

Building an antique fireplace mantle

Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.

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We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing 🙂

Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.

Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:

  • Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Faux brick panel
  • 11 2×4 boards
  • 2 1X12 boards
  • 1 2×12 board
  • Finishing nails
  • Deck screws
  • Drywall screws
  • Tape measure and yard stick
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.

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We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.

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We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.

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We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.

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After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.

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I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.

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I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.

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I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.

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I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.

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Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.

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We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.

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We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day from us at Lumber in my Minivan! Freedom isn’t free, and we are grateful to those who serve our country.

We will resume regular schedule on Wednesday.

Saturday Smiles

We have been kind of AWOL this week, and for good reason. We will be taking Monday off but things should be returning to normal on Wednesday. Hopefully, I’ll have a finished fireplace to show you.

This little lady won herself a trophy and a crown at her dance competition last weekend, and will be headed to Nationals for a pageant in June.

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This tiny girl had a birthday this week- she turned four and had a blast celebrating.

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I took this creeper shot of my hubby and added a sweet caption on social media. He’s used to my silliness by now 🙂

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And we have been working hard to finish the antique fireplace we are refinishing, and to finish our living room and back porch projects.

I also found this hilarious sign and nearly bought it for my classroom.

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We are so close to being finished but trying to get a little more done. I can’t wait to show you everything when we are done.

Until then, have a safe and observant Veteran’s Day. Dont forget to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. We will see you Wednesday with a fireplace update 🙂

Farmhouse Friday: Favorite Flea Market Finds

I absolutely love antique stores, resale stores and thrift shops. I love looking for specific things, but I also love finding random treasures too.

Recently, I found this pretty and unusual desk in a Habitat for Humanity store. For a split second, I considered buying it.

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Then, I spotted this pair of French toile chairs that would be darling in a little girls’ room.

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It made me wish I needed them. In the end, I said goodbye to the cute desk and the darling chairs and walked away.

But, I digress. I mentioned that I sometimes go in a store searching for specific items. On this trip, I was in search of a new large piece of art for our living room.

I didn’t find what I wanted, but I did find these two neat paintings.

There are a handfull of items I am always on the lookout for in a resale shop or flea market. There are a few things I love to collect and I almost never pass up. Today, I’d like to share those lovely treasures with you.

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1. Milkglass

I have several pieces of Fenton milk glass, and while most of my collection has been passed down to me from my grandparents and great grandparents, I also frequently purchase small pieces when I encounter them. I have passed on milkglass pieces just as often as I’ve purchased them, in an effort to keep my collection small.

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2. Seagrove Pottery (especially blue)

I was raised in Central North Carolina, so I’m very familiar with Seagrove pottery. I remember being absolutely gobsmacked by how expensive the pottery is on Ebay, so I am always excited to find a piece for sale in a flea market or resale shop. I’ve emassed a decent collection from yard sales, thrift stores and family members.

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3. Vintage tea cups and tea sets

You can often find one or two matching cups and saucers. You can do so many cool things with these- decorate with them, make bird feeders from them, make candles with them, gift them to a friend with a box of their favorite tea…the list is endless. I use mine beside my kitchen sink to store my rings while washing dishes.

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4. Vintage quilts

Quilts often cost a pretty penny. If you find a nice vintage quilt that is still in great shape, buy it! That’s what washing machines are for! If it has a small tear, you can fix it. If it’s faded, use it for a picnic blanket. Vintage quilts also make great wall hangings.

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5. Vintage picture frames

Have you ever seen vintage picture frames with the glass removed and painted with chalk paint? I’m telling you right now, you should do this! These frames would be lovely in a little girls’ room painted pink. They’d also make a lovely statement wall on a staircase. Or just a cute collage wall in a hallway. Hang them up empty or with photos in them.

Other things I love to search for are antique signs and advertisements, household items like wash boards, and old license plates. What do you love to buy from resale stores and flea markets?

Happy birthday Aubrey!

Four years ago today, the littlest Lumber came into the world. At 36 weeks and after 24 hours of labor, our precious little lady made an appearance. And even though she nearly killed me, she was worth the wait.

She loves dance class, Frozen, playing with dolls and her big sister.

She’s silly, she’s sassy and she’s one of the most cuddly and affectionate children I’ve ever met.

Happy birthday Sunshine! We love you and we are so glad you’re our baby girl. ❤️